Adnams Tally-Ho - Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
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4/5 rDev -0.2%
T: Seems about right for a Barleywine. Little head, sits still in the glass with not much lacing. Blacky red and then bronze when held up to light. 4
S: ok, really smells like this beer is brewed using coffee. I get the sort of faecal funk I got from other coffee beers such as Peche Mortel and Long Shot. It could also be described as chocolatey/caroby. Also reminds me a bit of Korbinian's date flavours. There's some definite quad-dy dark fruit notes also. 4
T: Ok, the sweetness/hoppiness (bitterness) and alcohol in this beer are pretty well integrated. You get some of all three but they really balance each other out effectively. There's also some roast. Also some Belgian estery/alcoholic notes later on. 4
M: Pretty good, syrupy. 4
D: Not bad at all for the style. Only thing stopping this from getting an A grade is that it gets a bit sweeter the more I get into the bottle, and the flavours aren't personal favourites of mine, although they are nice. Definitely a one and done beer for me. 4
My bottle was 7.2% alcohol.
03-01-2011 08:13:47 | More by danieelol
3.98/5 rDev -0.7%
The color is a cocoa and tea body with an ok head. It tastes very English. There's a bit of flat cola in the flavor, along with some prunes and brown sugar. There are very little hops in the flavor or aroma. It's mellow with a bit of lingering sweetness.
01-11-2004 08:58:52 | More by aracauna
3.93/5 rDev -2%
330ml bottle, 7.2% ABV, 2011 vintage.
This beer pours a clear, dark brownish amber hue, with a thin cap of wispy off-white head, which leaves some mitachondrial lace around the glass as it quickly evaporates.
It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, treacle, toffee, some bready sourdough, and musty, earthy hops. The taste is toffee/caramel malt, rum-soaked raisins, a bit of wet brown bread, some zesty dark fruit, a soft dusty, leafy hoppiness, and some weakly acrid booze, which strangely does not warm.
The carbonation is rather inert and placid, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a few prickly burrs, of indeterminate origin. It finishes a fair bit sweet, but in a tempered manner, the fruitiness and booze contributing only so much before petering out, leaving the rest to that murky mustiness that soon envelops.
An agreeable enough old world barleywine - all subtly, fruit, and dank cellars. It works well for this early onslaught of winter, at least until this one's descendents start popping up.
10-12-2012 01:57:25 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev -2.7%
Drank from my Duvel Tulip
A - Pours a Mohogany colour with a tanned head that reduces to a film very quickly
S - Some dark roasty toasty malts, with a small hint of a rubbber like aroma.
T - Very nice flavours of rum and raisins and very malty. A little molasses also present.
M - Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.
O - A nice smooth BW with plenty to offer.
04-01-2011 16:20:49 | More by eric5bellies
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
330ml bottle purchased from Slowbeer and poured into a Mikkeller goblet. 2009 version with the ABV listed as 7.20%.
Dark brown, almost black in appearance with the slightest of ruby hints. Beige/Tan head of foam at about 1cm or so that stays on as film for the duration.
Strong fruity aromas dominate, very intense and a strong hint of what is to come.
Big dark fruit flavours are the order of the day. A tiny bit of roasted malt came through at one stage to surprise. A real winter warmer, perfect for May in Australia.
Mouthfeel is a bit of a let-down relatively speaking, at times a little watery. At other times, pretty well true to style.
Overall a good decent brew, perhaps not living up to expectations and past experience of this very good British brewer.
05-01-2011 09:04:31 | More by MrKennedy
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
Sampled at Rich-O's. The beer arrived a deep brown color with ruby hues and a 1 finger head that fell to ring the top. The nose was weak, with a sweet fruity caramel character and a slight figgyness. The flavor was figgy, with a bit of a tannin flavor. I thought it was just okay. The feel was smooth and mellow with no real carbonaton on it. Overall, I was not overly impressed with it. I liked it but would probaly pass on it again.
03-27-2005 00:45:35 | More by kmpitz2
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into an English pint glass. A rich reddish mahogany color with almost no head, just a smattering of beige bubbles against the sides of the glass. Has the richly malty, tangy aroma common to this brewery's other offerings, albeit darker and sweeter, a tad metallic and briny with a decent dose of floral and earthy English hops. Palate is dark and rich, raisins and dates, pretzels, molasses, dry nuts, and burnt toffee, with some brown spice (nutmeg?) and tangy hop flavors as well. The same metallic, briny tang from the nose comes through on the palate. Not as sweet as expected (think baker's molasses rather than brown sugar), well-balanced from a hops perspective. Perhaps I was expecting more complexity, such that the pronounced fruity notes one often gets in other barleywines are largely absent here. Fairly fizzy and of moderate body, almost like a brown ale in the latter regard. Alcohol is largely concealed. Finishes quite spicy and crisp, with a lingering dark malt nuttiness. Widely available in these parts and certainly worth trying, although I'd rank this below some other takes on the style.
08-16-2014 22:54:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
Deep mahogany color, chestnut around the edges. Thin off white head, disappears fairly quickly. Fruity nose, combined with alcohol. Sweet, with some candied fruit flavors. Citrus flavored bitterness is restrained. Finishes dry. Well balanced. Low carbonation, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden. Not bad, but I seem to enjoy the American hop bombs more. Still a pretty decent cask beer.
06-20-2005 22:02:02 | More by Bierguy5
3.74/5 rDev -6.7%
A clear and dark ruby-brown color, the beer has a foamy tan head and low carbonation. The aroma has some pale malt, a little toffee and bread crust, and ,ore than a little bubble-gum and rubber band scent. Not boozy, but the alcohol is detectable. The taste is semi sweet and very, very malty....toast and nuts and nutmets. An interesting flavor. Full in body. This isn't my style of barley wine, and tha aroma is a bit odd, but the beer grows on you, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
10-19-2013 01:13:42 | More by Suds
3.73/5 rDev -7%
On hand pull at BW3 in Indy. This beer pours a deep dark red color with chestnut around the sides. Slight cream colored head skims just above the liquid. The nose is fruity almost to the point it is vinous in character but not quite. The more it warms up the more caramel and toffee I begin to notice. The flavors in this beer are very sweet. There's a chocolateyness to it that mixes with raisiny flavors. More dark fruit sweetness abounds but it's not all that great. The body is rich and malty but almost syruppy. Finish has mite in alcohol strength. Good beer and a nice departure from the super hopped barleywines but I couldn't have this too often.
07-20-2005 11:34:25 | More by granger10
3.45/5 rDev -14%
Draft at Delly Deli 06/20/2005.
Poured brown hue with medium light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium sweet fruity aroma. Moderate complex flavor with no carbination due to cask.
Good not great
11-16-2008 23:34:23 | More by tmoneyba
3.4/5 rDev -15.2%
1998 bottle at Lucky Baldwin's.
Pours a mostly still muddy dark brown with a minimal head.
Smells of oxidation, toffee and burnt brown sugar.
Very English style in the malt profile here with lots of burnt caramel, toffee, molasses. Definitely some oxidation, but not too bad given the 11 years age and 7% abv. Dried fruits and and some more toffee in the flavor.
All in all, a decent aged English style barleywine. Not all that complex though, and the oxidation is starting to come through. I'd love a cask pull of this though, that could be good.
04-02-2009 07:01:10 | More by rallison
2.78/5 rDev -30.7%
Straight from cask at Moan and Dove in Amherst Ma. My first true cask beer. Very dark mahogony color with next to no head. Malty smell. Smooth taste with bread like finish. Very little carbonation. Unlike any other beer I have add. I am very anxious to try another cask beer to compare. Overall not real impressed.
04-29-2005 02:48:37 | More by buckiflyer
Adnams Tally-Ho from Adnams plc, Sole Bay Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.